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Breast Revision

While many women look into breast surgeries to enhance their appearance, in some cases complications may arise that require surgical correction. Breast revision surgery is designed to correct complications that may have occurred following previous breast surgery, usually after breast augmentation. This may include removing or replacing your breast implant(s). At Piedmont Plastic Surgery, Dr. Willard and his team will listen to your concerns and determine the best way to correct any issues you may be experiencing.


Women who suffer from complications following a breast augmentation, develop different aesthetic preferences, or feel unhappy with the outcome of a procedure can benefit from breast revision surgery. Patients interested in this procedure must be physically healthy, of stable weight, and a non-smoker. Other reasons women may choose to undergo breast revision surgery include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Anatomical implant shifting
  • Positioning issues
  • Bottoming out
  • Wrinkling or rippling
  • Symmastia (when breasts appear to merge at the center)
  • Change in breast size



Breast revision surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. During your consultation, Dr. Willard will examine your breasts to determine which surgical technique will best suit your needs and the amount of correction needed. In mild to moderate cases, such as if your saline implant has deflated, a simple procedure will be performed to remove and replace the implant in the affected breast. However, more complicated situations, like capsular contracture, will require the removal of scar tissue. Some women may also choose to have their breast implants removed entirely (implant explantation), so their breasts will revert to their former, natural size.


Following your breast revision surgery, you will be asked to wear a surgical bra to help maintain your results and support your breasts as they heal. Swelling and bruising may occur but should resolve after several weeks. You may experience some pain and discomfort after your surgery. Dr. Willard will prescribe pain medication to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. All strenuous activity must be avoided for up to two weeks or until cleared by Dr. Willard.


Your breast revision results are long lasting and will leave you feeling physically and emotionally confident about your breasts. However, significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging after your procedure can affect the appearance of your breasts. Be sure to schedule frequent visits with Dr. Willard to monitor your breasts and contact his office immediately if further complications arise.